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‘Brick mining’: Why a need for data led Fabletics to open stores

submitted by Laura Heller

There's a good lesson here on new ways to use stores to drive business across channels.

10 New Truths Of Retail

submitted by Laura Heller

Retail isn’t what it used to be. Sure merchants are still about selling products to consumers, but how it’s done is so different that retail is fundamentally a much different industry and profession.

How To Build A Retail Store Today

submitted by Laura Heller

I recently had a series of conversations with my father about how to build a retail store today. He had spent more than 50 years in the home improvement sector of the retail industry, why would he need a refresher course?

Because so much has changed.

Mobile visual search to unlock m-commerce

submitted by Laura Heller

Mobile visual search capabilities have been cropping up in retailers' apps with regularity—Neiman Marcus expanded their mobile search feature just last week—for good reason: the feature will likely play a big role this coming holiday as shoppers turn to smartphones in droves.

Sneak Peak: Lowe’s new urban format

submitted by Laura Heller

The first Lowe's urban-format store features merchandise curated for the city dweller, same-day delivery and a bevvy of in-store technology to bring endless aisle inventory to the smaller footprint.

Can mobile save the Gap?

submitted by Laura Heller

If social media is killing fashion by making it faster as a recent article suggests, it's only because fashion retailers are letting it. Case in point: Gap.

IoT worth its hype; $1.2 trillion impact on retail predicted

submitted by Laura Heller

Could it be that the Internet of Things is actually under-hyped? Yes, says FierceRetailIT's Dan Alaimo. It could have a total economic impact between $3.9 and $11 trillion a year by 2025, including $410 billion to $1.2 trillion per year in retail environments.

Amazon’s Prime Day is a Christmas-in-July size win for all retailers

submitted by Laura Heller

Retailers have been trying to make Christmas in July happen for as long as I've covered retail, with little effect. Amazon's upcoming Prime Day promises to be a big win, and not just for Amazon.

Meet the 2015 Most Powerful Women in Retail

submitted by Laura Heller

Several years ago I wrote a column wondering why there weren't more powerful women in retail in response to another Most Powerful Women list, one that included preciously few women from this industry. after decades of retail industry growth, where are the women leaders? Here...

GameStop makes mobile personal with new digitized markets

submitted by Laura Heller

GameStop is defying the odds. Its shopper base is young and tech-savvy, and its product category has shifted from a physical product to a digital one. But as the business has shifted, so has GameStop's strategy...